Previously at the ICA - Films
5 Oct 2012 – 9 Oct 2012
Following the success of his first major film, Faces, writer/director John Cassavetes created and co-starred in this classic drama of three middle-aged Long Island businessmen reviewing if not coming to terms with the realities of their lives. Ben Gazzara is Harry who, following the death of a mutual friend, confides to his pals Gus (Cassavetes) and Archie (Pete Falk) that his marriage is in deep trouble, then persuading them to embark on a 72 hour bender where they try and relive their youthful exuberance with varying degrees of success. This prompts a flight to London for a rather more adventurous exercise in escapism involving gambling and infidelity, and with the perhaps inevitable self-recriminations. Unsurprisingly from the father of American cinema verité and his regular cohorts Gazzara and Falk, this is a thoughtful, beautifully nuanced enterprise, much of it improvised, all of it satisfyingly provocative.
"the performances are magnificent and the insights into the failings and insecurities of modern males remain bitingly funny" - Empire
★★★★ "a masterful anti-Hollywood director who probed human failings until he reached right under the skin" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "a brilliantly textured film to be savoured" - The Guardian
★★★★ - The Times
★★★★ - Time Out
Dir. John Cassavetes, USA 1970. 131 min.